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- Food lovers, rejoice: for the first time since 2019, the Michelin guide will announce at the end of September the newly starred restaurants in California. Looking ahead to the awards, the guide highlights new culinary gems statewide, starting with the Bay Area and California Wine Country: the ever popular Oakland Horn Barbecue; Routier, the new French restaurant of the B. Patisserie team; Marlena from Bernal Heights; Ettan, the stunning Cal-Indian in Palo Alto; and Aurum in Los Altos are all rewarded in the 2021 guide, selected “to help foodies identify new discoveries before the annual announcement of Bib Gourmands and Stars”. For the full list of Northern California restaurants added to the guide, see the Michelin Guide website.
- In 2019, the 20-year-old Belgian café Frjtz closed in Hayes Valley, ending decades of Belgian fries, burgers and pancakes. Fans could at least take comfort in the fact that owner Santiago Rodriguez turned the restaurant into a delivery-only model, but now even that has come to an end. In an email, Rodriguez confirmed that Frjtz ended his long stay in the city on July 28. If you really need your dose of fry, however, there is still an Oakland outfit that isn’t directed by Rodriguez, who moved to New York City two years ago. there is, but by his sister-in-law and his niece.
- A popular San Mateo sushi restaurant extends to Noe Valley, What Now SF reports, bringing fish and Japanese tapas shipped to Tokyo at 737 Diamond Street (the former location of Italian restaurant Bacco). Dash Tapas and Japanese Sushi Owners Eric Deng and Edmond Tse have just signed a lease for the address, so they’re at the start of the process, but are staying tuned for an opening date slated for 2021. [What Now SF]
- While some Bay Area tech companies have recently withdrawn their return to their downtown offices, it’s at full speed for Andytown Coffee Roasters. The popular San Francisco coffee roaster and mini-chain has reopened its location inside the Salesforce Transit Center at 181 Fremont Street for the first time since it closed at the start of the pandemic. If you build it, will they come?
- After dominating the take-out scene during the pandemic, the hugely popular Thai mini-chain Farmhouse Kitchen has reaffirmed plans to expand to Berkeley. Berkeleyside Reports the restaurant has confirmed that it will indeed open at 1549 Shattuck Avenue, as planned, by the end of 2021. [Berkeleyside]
- A ghost kitchen with major Tuscan references has opened in Sacramento: Dario Cecchini, the the most famous butcher in the world according to Los Angeles Times, has grown to the United States with sandwich shops in New York and, of all places, in Sacramento. Take-out and delivery only Cicci Di Carne open July 15 at 500 Capitol Mall, report it Sacramento Bee, serving seven inch sandwiches stuffed with mortadella, burrata, salami, fontina and more. Additional locations are planned in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Walnut Creek. [Sacramento Bee]